The United States Government has condemned Nigerian Government, saying the suspension of Twitter is at variance with the 1999 Constitution which guarantees freedom of expression.
The US in a statement said that the move undermines Nigeria’s ability to exercise this freedom and it sends a poor message to investors.
The statement read, “Nigeria’s constitution provides for freedom of expression. The government’s recent #Twitterban undermines Nigeria’s ability to exercise this fundamental freedom and sends a poor message to its citizens, investors and businesses.
“Banning social media and curbing every citizen’s ability to seek, receive and impart information undermines fundamental freedoms. As President Biden has stated, our need for individual expression, open public conversation and accountability has never been greater.
“The part to a more secure Nigeria lies in more, not less communication, alongside concerted efforts towards unity, peace and prosperity.”
On Friday, Federal Government suspended Twitter indefinitely after the social media platform deleted a tweet by the President which was considered offensive by many Nigerians.
The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, accused Twitter of promoting disunity and undermining the nation’s security.